The reception will feature wine and hors d’oeuvres, a seven course meal, at the Exquisite Ashunti Center, 4350 West 16th Street; Chicago, Illinois 60623: Tickets are Twenty Dollars ($20.00) (A dollar for each year) and can be reserved by calling (773) 277-1200 or (773)379-6981.
Regina D. Lewis has taken North Lawndale Community ‘by the collar’ and deposited in the middle of one of the worse communities in Chicago. It was Ms. Lewis’s experience that made her realize that she wanted to be part of the solution. Armed with a Bachelor’s Degree from Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry, additional courses: Certified Peer Counselor, (University of Illinois at Chicago) National Certified Recovery Specialist, ODADCAE License, Earned CEU’s in certified substance abuse counseling (Harold Washington and Malcolm X Colleges)…
Awards and Achievements
• Featured on NBC News as Honoree for the National Jefferson Award of Unsung Heroes for the American Institute for Public Service
• Featured on ABC News, Harry Porterfield’
• Received by CBS, The American Red Cross, Unsung Heroes Award
• Multiple awards from former City of Chicago Police Superintendant Terry G. Hillard
• Community Leadership and CAPS involvement - 37th ward Aldermen Emma Mitts
• Black Heritage Award for Excellence in Human Development “Just to name a few’.
Ms. Lewis offers a wide variety of programming tailored to the needs of the underserved:
A 501C3 non-profit organization, ARMS is the umbrella for which a buffet of advocacy curriculums exists.
The programs offered through ARMS, include but are not limited to: Transitional Housing, the Ashunti Village Summer Camp Program and the Diamonds-N-The-
Prior to the launch of Ashunti, Ms. Lewis served as administrator at several Westside social service agencies including, Administrator for New Beginnings and Vice-President for Serenity House of Peace, a member of the oversight committee for Mount Sinai's Parenting Skills training class, and served as organizing team member for the National “ONE VOICE" - the Gospel Community Response to HIV/AIDS Conference.
Under her leadership, Ashunti Residential Management Inc. has become one of the most respected non-profit housing organizations in the western United States.
Serving more than ten thousand (10,000) residents continues to play a pivotal role in advocacy efforts regionally and nationally.
As CEO and President of Ashunti Residential Management Inc, Regina D. Lewis creates homes for low-income people in places where “affordable housing” is an oxymoron. As rents and property values soar sky high, she works to create a refuge where prices stay down. Over two decades, Ms. Lewis continues to maintain the highest professional standards, and has established EAH housing (Employer-Assisted Housing) as a respected advocate locally, regionally and nationally. Ms. Lewis persists to build developments in solidly anti-growth environments, and she still maintains her idealism in a very material world.
“Regina is a relentless crusader for affordable housing in the two markets that almost defy the definition, Chicago,” said Mica Woods, The Mildred Franks Foundation (President and CEO). “She has the knowledge, the energy and the passion to overcome the obstacles and road blocks on the road to affordable housing. She believes in the power of collaboration between non-profit organizations, elected officials, business leaders and the community. Regina has accomplished extraordinary things and made ARMS INC. a force to be reckoned with. We all salute her efforts and her achievements.”
Keynote Speaker, Congressman Danny K. Davis: special invited speaker Alderman Emma Mitts, Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Zenobia Sowell… Abidyah Scott (Song Bird) Solo singer songwriter with an outstanding vocal talents, (B- T-S) Sherry James, Juan Indiblu, and Sa’alek will be releasing their new CD Live…. Sounds by Chicago's Hottest Turntable Technicians, giving you the finest selection of Steppin and Retro 80's, 90's 2000, Additional artists are expected to be announced:
Ms. Lewis states: My classroom is the world My church is my community ∙ My love is spread through my ministry…